This tag covers questions/posts pertaining to creating/using/configuring/troubleshooting "bootable" media as well as system files and options related to loading/accessing/entering system distributions, operating systems in the context of their current and intended usage environment.

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How can you configure a system to be bootable from most modern systems?

How can a Linux system be installed on a portable storage medium so that both BIOS systems (e.g. a ThinkPad) and EFI systems (e.g. a Mac Mini) can boot to it? The reason I ask is because I tried ...
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Making persistent USB with minimal OS on os x

I am looking to turn a 8Gb USB into a bootable drive with a minimal OS. All I want is an OS that will allow me to use vim, nothing else (no internet/any other services). I basically want to turn a USB ...
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Why will a linux usb boot on my personal pc but not on school computers?

I'm enrolled in a linux class right now and one of our assignments was to make a bootable flash drive. My friend is also in this class but he didnt know how to do it so I just made one for him. It was ...
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Linux from Scratch to bootable disk image

I competed LFS 7.6. I want to know is it possible to make it into a bootable disk image that can boot in to different systems?
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How to dualboot Win7 and Chrome-OS on Netbook

I have tested Google Chrome OS (aka Chromium OS) using a USB pen drive, or more precisely Chrome OS Lime by Hexxeh. Since I like it I would like to install it along side of my pre-installed Windows ...
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SliTaz, usb stick, unable to mount iso or to find a filesystem on it rootfs.gz

I deleted every partition on my system, even the partition on my USB stick. Then I created a partition with SliTaz which I'm currently on. But then I found out that my USB stick didn't get discovered ...
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Installing Kali on a Dual partition USB

I have been looking for a couple of days now but can't reach a solution to my problem. (Just for the record, i am a complete noob when it comes to Linux based systems.) I have a 32GB Kingston ...
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Extlinux.conf on separate partition?

I'm trying to configure a system with separate boot partition, booted with U-boot and extlinux loader. Could I locate extlinux.conf on separate partition, but kernel (zImage) and device tree on root ...
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Create a UEFI bootable USB stick from an ISO image with GParted

I am aware that the issue of creating a UEFI-bootable USBs has been covered far and wide. However, from the first round of research I ended up feeling that the information gained is either ...
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How to add Android x86 to Yumi!

Is there any way to add android to Yumi? I want to be able to boot my computer from a USB stick and install android. So, how can I install Android using Yumi or any other multiboot USB creator?
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Trouble installing <distro> onto correct partition for a dual boot

Some of the context might not be relevant to the problem so feel free to skim through the rest of this post but essentially what I'm doing is trying to install an operating system onto the KAOS ...
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dual boot from two different harddrives, windows and lubuntu not working

I have a computer with two harddrives. I first installed my Windows 8.1 on my ssd taking up the whole drive. Then on my second 2TB I made 3 partitions. 1TB is dedicated to external storage, 500GB is ...
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Can I create a bootable distribution backup

I'm interested in trying out a couple of distributions, but for extended periods of time (so using a LiveCD is not really an option). However, I would like to create a backup of my current ...
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How to move a PC's Debian to a USB and remain fully bootable?

I have a 64 GB USB 3.0 drive, to which I'd like to transfer (in terms of file system and grub2 bootability) the Debian Jessie installed on the SSD of my retina MacBook Pro. I am looking to do this in ...
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Creating a Debian ISO by merging all 3 iso parts to one for booting via usb

I've downloaded the Debian DVD installation images from Debian, that's been split into 3 parts. I want to create a USB installation disk by merging all the 3 ISO to one ISO. Here's the list of the ...
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Mounting root filesystem while booting through network

I have two systems, let say one is the server and the other is the client. I want to load kernel image from the server to the client through the network. I used dhcp (isc-dhcp-server) and tftp ...
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Encrypt casper-rw file for use with Easy2Boot

I have created an Easy2Boot multiboot USB drive. Currently it contains two ISOs - Kali Linux 2016 and Linux Mint. I have created persistent ext2 filestore for both ISOs and configured them using the ...
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Which file is bootable within a given iso

Given a particular bootable iso or cdrom, how can I determine which file inside it is the one that gets called on booting from the image? Put differently, assuming that the iso had been generated ...
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Copying “live usb” install from USB stick to portable Hard Drive

I have a bootable install of Linux Mint on a usb stick (ie a "live usb" install). It has a writable partition so that i can have persistence between one session and the next. I've copied off the sdb1 ...
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grub2 cannot see filesystem on alternate /boot partition

I have 2 (soon to be more) independent OSes. Right now it is just CentOS 6.6 and 7, but will be adding several more. I can boot CentOS 7 cleanly, but 6.6 will not boot. The error is: error: no such ...
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Saving state and config data in bootable usb

My system hard disk has crashed, So now I want to run the OS(Linux mint or Ubuntu) from a bootable usb, but I don't know how to configure to save any config data so that it persist after rebooting ...
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how can i assemble my components (kernel, initramfs, rootfs) into a single bootable image?

I have created a compressed rootfs, kernel, and initramfs. I have a syslinux configuration that boots my rootfs/kernel to RAM. It works. However, I'd like to have something like image1 which ...
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Creating ISO Bootable Image from a CentOS (Linux) system

I have a Linux machine (CentOS 5.8) on which I have installed multiple applications and tools (with yum and few others after compiling the source code) on it. As I have spent considerable time in ...
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Gnome (gdm) fails to start after command-line install

Installed gdm via the default openSUSE installer (zypper). The install completed successfully but gdm won't start from the command-line. I also have a KDE install which stalls on the loading bar, but ...
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custom ISO Bootable USB not working

I made a custom CentOS ISO using the link. My custom OS works on the Virtual machine, but I'm unable to install it using a bootable pendrive. Where could I be going wrong?
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Installing Fedora on a 32 bit EFI device (Dell Venue 10 Pro)

I recently won a Dell Venu 10 Pro in a hackathon and have been trying desperately to install any sort of Linux distribution onto it. Apparently, these tablets have 64 bit processors, but they only ...
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Kali Mint Fail Boot

So I am currently dual booting Linux Mint and Windows. I successfully installed Linux Mint. However, I want to add on a third boot, Kali Linux, but the USB Live Stick I made does not seem to work. The ...
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Linux Multi Boot USB Kali

I am trying to fix a problem I have on my multi-boot USB drive. I had it working with Backtrack R3, but now would like to use Kali since that is the latest version. I cannot get my Kali menu option to ...
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Dual boot windows 10 on mSATA and keep ubuntu on the HDD, on a Dell Inspiron 17r 5720

I currently am running ubuntu 14.04 on my Dell Inspiron 17r 5720, on a 1th HDD. It's a great computer, but I really could use another storage drive, and solid state drive, and windows OS( for school ...
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replacing windows 8.1 with CentOS 7

A new computer came pre-installed with Windows 8.1. It is an Acer Aspire T desktop. I would like to completely erase windows 8.1 forever from the machine, and replace it with CentOS 7. How can I ...
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Live Media that tells me where a (regular) boot gets stuck?

I can't reboot my system, even after restoring from a backup it gets stuck during the boot process. It does not show any boot log while booting, and nobody has ever found a way to make it show. ...
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Yumi, shows an error when I run it

I installed yumi on Linux Mint 17.2. When I run yumi,it shows the following error: This application has raised an unexpected error and must abort. [43] Access forbidden. FMain.INSTALL_SYSLINUX.252 ...
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Protective master boot record boot flag - GPT

On an HP Elitebook 8760w, the BIOS does not support GPT well and I have found that it does not like GPT formatted boot disks which is default for many *nix platform installers. FreeBSD and OpenSuse ...
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What are the [internal] steps involved in making USB drive 'bootable'?

Whenever I have to install a new Linux distro, I create a bootable USB from the distro image using some specialized program like UNetBootin. Recently, I tried to do for Fedora using 'dd' command, but ...
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Unable to boot ArchLinux from LiveUSB

I'm currently using Windows 7 on an AMD-A4-4000 APU - and I'm completely new to Linux. I made a LiveUSB of ArchLinux using Universal USB Writer. Now when I tried to boot from the USB Device - I got to ...
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bootable usb creator without default bootloader

I want a program (a linux command is more preferable) to create a bootable usb drive but all the programs which I have seen have a default bootloader which they install but I want the bootloader in ...
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Compiling Linux and Creating Bootable ISO Image

I have already compiled Linux kernel 3.12.6 but did not install it into /boot as I did not want my hard disk to have another OS. I have the compiled bzImage and I don't know how to take that and ...